Friends of Fort York
Incorporated in 1994, The Friends of Fort York and Garrison Common is a not-for-profit organization supported by memberships, donations, grants and generous volunteers. They exist primarily to support the Fort and advocate its best interests, but are also committed to the well-being of the neighbourhood.
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Indigenous Arts Festival and Indigenous Day Live
This application is for the “Indigenous Arts Festival and Indigenous Day Live”, taking place at the Fort York National Historic Site from June 21 to 24, with a national Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) broadcast on June 23, National Aboriginal Day. The Indigenous Arts Festival began as a small event at Fort York National Historic Site on National Aboriginal Day during the Bicentennial Commemoration of the War of 1812 and grew to a large multi-disciplinary festival featuring the best in traditional and contemporary Indigenous performers and a marketplace featuring Indigenous artisans from across Ontario. Programming will include: (1) Indigenous Arts Festival: The four-day festival will include a full daytime program of heritage, activities and music from First Nations, Inuit and Metis cultures; (2) educational programming: teachers and school groups will be invited to Fort York for a day of free programming including storytelling, craft making, drumming, traditional dances, Inuit games, collaborative art project and First Nations food; (3) cultural education: a series of programming opportunities to help people understand and appreciate Aboriginal culture including special presentations on Anishinaabe, Huron Wendat and Haudenosaunee history and culture. A special Indigenous food presentation will be offered and the Pow Wow café will be on-site to provide food and beverage service; (4) Indigenous Day Live: a live celebration of Aboriginal cultures with Aboriginal Peoples Television Network’s Aboriginal Day Live featuring some of the biggest names in Aboriginal music and television; (5) NaMeRes Pow Wow: a traditional Pow Wow featuring grand entrance, opening ceremonies and elder blessing, traditional dancing, drumming and singing followed by a community feast and celebration; (6) vendor market: featuring Aboriginal artisans from across Ontario; (7) Native Child and Family Services Luncheon: a special luncheon with cultural entertainment for children in foster care and their caregivers; (8) Canada’s Largest Round Dance (live simulcast from the three host cities); and (9) Music Industry Development Program: include business skills training and management advice.
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